Un­em­ploy­ment rate down in Polk for March

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - Staff re­ports

Good news for Polk County’s eco­nomic out­look: un­em­ploy­ment is con­tin­u­ing a down­ward trend in the area.

Georgia La­bor Com­mis­sioner Mark But­ler said that Polk County saw its un­em­ploy­ment rate and claims for un­em­ploy­ment de­cline in March, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the Depart­ment of La­bor.

Polk also posted monthly losses in la­bor force, while em­ployed res­i­dents were up, pre­lim­i­nary num­bers show.

“We are mov­ing into the Spring with a strong jobs re­port,” But­ler said in the re­lease. “The na­tional econ­omy is boom­ing. Georgia is also pro­duc­ing strong num­bers con­sis­tently across the state.”

The un­em­ploy­ment rate fell in March. The rate dropped 0.6 per­cent­age points in March, set­tling at 3.9 per­cent. A year ago, the rate was 4.2 per­cent.

The la­bor force de­creased in March by 34. The March to­tal was 18,400. That num­ber is down by 304 from the to­tal of March 2018.

Polk ended March with 17,674 em­ployed res­i­dents. The num­ber in­creased by 63 in March but went down by 245 as com­pared to last March.

The num­ber of un­em­ploy­ment claims de­creased in March by about 13 per­cent. When com­pared to last March, claims were up by about 124 per­cent.

Em­ploy Georgia, the GDOL’s on­line job list­ing ser­vice at em­ploy­ge­or­gia.com showed 83 ac­tive job post­ings in Polk for March.

In com­par­i­son to the sur­round­ing area, Polk’s un­em­ploy­ment out­look is match­ing. Floyd County’s rate un-ad­justed was 3.9 percecnt com­pared to an ad­justed rate of 4.4 per­cent in Fe­bru­ary. Bar­tow stood at 3.5 per­cent in March, mark­ing a two tenths of a per­cent­age point drop from Fe­bru­ary’s rate of 3.7 per­cent. Har­al­son also saw a two-tenths of a per­cent drop, from 3.8 per­cent in Fe­bru­ary to 3.6 per­cent in March. Pauld­ing also saw a drop from 3.4 per­cent to 3.2 per­cent from Fe­bru­ary to March.

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